Gluten Free Dining Colorado Springs Guide

Colorado Springs, a scenic city nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak and near the iconic Garden of the Gods and the Rocky Mountains, offers a rich variety of gluten-free dining options. This city, renowned for its stunning landscapes and tourist attractions, also caters excellently to those with dietary restrictions.

Whether you are exploring Downtown, Old Colorado City, or Manitou Springs, you’ll find an abundance of gluten-free restaurants conveniently located near these popular sites. To enhance your travel experience in Colorado Springs, take advantage of a comprehensive guide to gluten-free dining, ensuring you enjoy your vacation without the hassle of searching for suitable meal options.

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Downtown Colorado Springs

We spent three days at the Hyatt Place in Downtown Colorado Springs, conveniently situated near key local attractions. This location offers easy access to the boutique shopping on Tejon Street, the popular Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., and the informative Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. This prime positioning allows for effortless exploration of the city’s vibrant downtown area.

Morning Delights: Gluten-Free Breakfast

Burnt Toast

Address: 112 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO

Offering organic free-range eggs, gluten-free and vegetarian breakfast, and lunch options seven days a week! Plus, it’s super close to Hyatt Place, The Mining Exchange, or The Antlers Colorado Springs. Check out the Burnt Toast menu featuring scrambled egg bowls, gluten-free French toast (my favorite), huevos rancheros and more!

*This is the one restaurant I did not personally try as our hotel in downtown Colorado Springs offered a full breakfast each morning.

Diverse Dining and Downtown Attractions

Pause your shopping excursion on Tejon Street and enjoy a gluten-free lunch at Dos Dos Tacos. This open-air, self-seating Mexican restaurant offers a perfect setting for dining outdoors on a sunny day. Relish the delightful Colorado sunshine while savoring authentic Mexican flavors, making it an ideal spot for a refreshing meal break amidst your activities.

Dos Dos Tacos

Address:131 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO

While the Dos Dos Tacos menu does not denote gluten-free items, the server was helpful and knowledgeable. I suggest a Bowl with chicken, rice, beans, crema, fajita vegetables, cotija, and cilantro.

Gluten Free Dining Downtown Colorado Springs Mexican Restaurant
Dos Dos Tacos Menu Places to Eat in Colorado Springs

The Well: La’Au’s Taco Shop

Address: 315 E Pikes Peak Ave Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO

Located two blocks from The Mining Exchange, The Well is a food hall supporting up-and-coming restaurants. La’Au’s Taco Shop offers a healthy Hawaiian-inspired cuisine featuring flavors of pineapple, lime, and fresh Mahi-Mahi. The menu does denote gluten-free items. I tried the Mahi-Mahi Bowl with pinto beans, jasmine rice, napa cabbage and pico de gallo. CAUTION: the huli huli chicken is made with beer.

Sweet Treats and Evening Strolls

Every evening, we enjoyed a leisurely walk to dinner, which served as a wonderful opportunity to exercise, explore different parts of downtown, and digest our meals. During our stay, we dined at several restaurants that offer gluten-free dinner options, enhancing our culinary experience in the city.

White Pie Pizzeria

Address: 330 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO

A chill place to enjoy a pizza whether you sit inside or on the outdoor patio with fire pits! The White Pie Pizzeria menu does not denote gluten-free items, they do offer GF pizza. We tested the Mootz, red, mozzarella basil and Pauli Walnuts, mashed potatoes, mozzarella, bacon, garlic, and candied walnuts.

Where to Eat GF Pizza Downtown Colorado Springs
Gluten Free Pizza Colorado Springs White Pie Pizzeria

Streetcar 520

Address: 520 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO

Housed in a former streetcar building, this eclectic New American restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating. The Streetcar 520 menu is clearly marked. However, I will note that the fryer is shared so the falafel is NOT gluten free as marked. I enjoyed an Old Skool Burger on a GF bun with a side-salad. We finished off our meals with the gluten-free strawberry shortcake.

Gluten Free Restaurants Downtown Colorado Springs
Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Colorado Springs Guide

Old Colorado City

Old Colorado City, situated a few miles west of Downtown, boasts a rich history, once known by names such as El Dorado and Colorado City. Today, it is renowned for its vibrant arts district and proximity to Manitou Springs.

Opting for accommodation, we found a convenient Airbnb just off Colorado Avenue, which was within walking distance of local shops and restaurants. For those considering a similar arrangement, we are happy to recommend places for both stay and dining. Although much of our time was spent sightseeing outside the town, we had a delightful experience exploring the area and enjoying its offerings.

Greek Eats and Gluten-Free

Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna

Address: 2616 Colorado Ave, Colorado Springs, CO

While shopping at Color Joy, the saleswoman suggested we have dinner at Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna. We found the atmosphere of this family-run restaurant to be upbeat and friendly. While eating you often hear people shout “Opa” for celebrations and glass breaking!

The Greek menu has gluten-free denotations. We tried the Arni Steak, grilled Colorado lamb top, and Souvlaki, brined, marinated grilled pork tenderloin skewers.

*On a side note, stop by EllyBLUE across the street from Jake and Telly’s. The cutest shop with gorgeous clothing. I could have purchased one of everything! Honorable mention: Sweetwater Flower Market. I wish I could have purchased fresh flower arrangements to bring home to New Hampshire!

Shopping Old Colorado City Flower Market Shine with Jennifer Leigh
Sweetwater Flower Market Colorado Springs

Manitou Springs

Due to its close location to key attractions such as the Garden of the Gods, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and the Cliff Dwellings, we dedicated a significant portion of our weekend to exploring Manitou Springs. Below, we have compiled a list of dining options in Manitou Springs, complemented by the tourist attractions in Colorado Springs that we experienced beforehand.

Turkish Coffee and Delightful Shopping

Our initial itinerary goal involved shopping in Manitou Springs to find the perfect souvenir. This area offers a diverse range of items, from local artisan crafts to quirky t-shirts, ensuring that visitors can find something unique to their tastes.

Sahara Cafe

Address: 954 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO

The Sahara Café is a laid-back dining spot known for its traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Our lunch experience was notably enhanced by the attentiveness and expressiveness of our waitress, the opportunity to try Turkish coffee for the first time, and the freshness of the meals served. While the menu at Sahara Café does not specifically mark gluten-free items, our waitress provided knowledgeable recommendations. The Chicken Shawarma was a personal highlight and thoroughly enjoyed.

Turkish Coffee Sahara Cafe Manitou Springs
Gluten Free Middle Eastern Food Manitou Springs

Cliff Dwellings Colorado Springs and The Cliff House

After a full afternoon of climbing around the Cliff Dwellings and learning about Native American culture in the museums, we were ready for a special dinner. The historic Cliff House at Pikes Peak is in the heart of Manitou Springs and offers an award-winning cuisine experience.

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs Cliff House Pikes Peak

Dining Room at The Cliff House at Pikes Peak

Address: 306 Cañon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Be sure to make a dinner reservation for The Cliff House Dining Room in advance for this unforgettable experience. Paid street parking is available. Attire is up to you!

This was one of our favorite dining experiences! All three courses were beautifully plated as well as exquisitely delicious. In addition, the ambiance was romantic due to the LIVE musician.

While The Cliff House menu does not denote gluten-free options, the waitstaff were extremely knowledgeable. I enjoyed the Lobster Bisque, with red and white vegetables for my first course. The second course was a Filet Mignon with red wine bleu cheese sauce. To complete the evening, we split two desserts! The Dark Chocolate Mousse Dome and Crème Brule.

Snowy Cog Railway and Brewery

Prepare to spend a half day on this 3.5 hour round trip journey to the Summit of Pikes Peak and back. The Cog Railway Colorado Springs does not allow eating on the train. However, Manitou Springs is 1 mile away, so lunch is not far off!

 Manitou Brewing Company

Address:725 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO

After taking in the stunning views of snow-capped mountains and rugged terrain, we were eagerly anticipating lunch. Opting for an outdoor patio setting, we indulged in burgers served on gluten-free buns. It’s important to note that the restaurant uses a shared fryer, which means that options like crispy brussels sprouts or fries may not be suitable for those with strict gluten-free dietary requirements.

Shine with Jennifer Leigh and Friends Riding Cog Railway Pikes Peak
Gluten Free Burgers Manitou Brewing Company

Garden of the Gods and The Broadmoor Resort

Refueled and ready to roll, we made our way to the Garden of the Gods. Parking is available throughout the national park. However, we chose the Visitor Center with views of Garden of the Gods Resort on one side and the park on the other. Public restrooms are located here as well.

Hop on the Garden Drive trail and enjoy the flat walk to the North Gateway Rock and the South Gateway Rock. Spend a few hours here like we did.

Head back to your Airbnb or hotel to freshen up. We are heading to The Broadmoor Resort for dinner!

The Broadmoor: Ristorante Del Lago

Address: Lobby Level of Broadmoor West

A reservation recommended restaurant with a dress code. Bermuda length shorts, dressy denim, slacks, collared shirts are required. See what we wore in my What to Pack for Colorado Springs post.

The service at Ristorante Del Lago was impeccable. The Italian menu is confusing; however, the staff will answer all questions you might have. In addition, the menu only denotes a gluten-free pizza dough option. However, the restaurant offers gluten-free pasta too!

We enjoyed the following gluten-free menu items:

  • Antipasti – Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella and Balsamico Marinated Beets
  • Pizze – Gluten-Free Carne with prosciutoo cotto, Romagnolo house-made sausage, fresh mozzarella and caramelized onion. (The gluten-free pizza crust was made from scratch and so fluffy!)
  • Primi Piatti – Campanelle Carbonara
  • Wine – Monte Bernardi Chianti Classico

*I highly recommend arriving early and walking the grounds prior to dinner.

Gluten-Free Dining Colorado Springs Conclusion

In conclusion, Colorado Springs provides a wide array of gluten-free dining options suitable for every palate, ensuring that visitors with dietary restrictions can enjoy their stay without any worries. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant streets of Downtown, the historic allure of Old Colorado City, or the picturesque landscapes of Manitou Springs, as a gluten-free diner, you will find ample choices.

From hearty breakfasts to kickstart your day, to light and tasty lunches, and elegant dinners, the culinary diversity of Colorado Springs is sure to impress. As you discover this beautiful city nestled against the dramatic backdrop of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods, let Shine with Jennifer Leigh’s gluten-free guide enhance your travels, offering both peace of mind and gastronomic pleasure.

Please share your experiences and any additional gluten-free restaurant recommendations on social media or in the comments below. Your insights will help enrich the gluten-free community’s options and ensure an enjoyable visit for all future travelers to Colorado Springs. Happy travels!

Additional Resources on Colorado Springs

Where to Stay in Colorado Springs – First Time Visitors Guide

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What to Pack for Colorado Springs Early Spring

Just got back from a week in Colorado Springs

The Pros and Cons of Hyatt Place Colorado Springs Downtown

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